When I first had the crazy idea to make Name Snowflakes, I honestly wasn’t sure how it would go but Immy and I actually found it very addictive! Once both of our names were done, she insisted we work on making a collection for her school friends too! I just love how individual they are. I love that they can be used to combine art with math and that there is a good dose of fine motor skill thrown in too! Immy is in grade 2 and the drawing of the names was a little bit of a challenge for her, though the folding and cutting were no problem at all. As a result, if you were planning on trying this with a whole class of kids I think I would stick to third grade and up. To make, start with a round piece of paper (A4 sized works for short names but you’ll want to use a larger sheet if you’re working with children with longer names). Fold the paper in half and then into quarters and then in halves again (which is actually an eighth, right ). Use a pencil to write your name across the folded circle in block or bubble letters, making sure that the top and bottom of each letter touches the folded edges of the paper. You also want the letters to touch each other at at least one point, don’t leave a space between each one. Cut the non-letter spaces away, being careful to not cut all the way between two letters. You might have to get creative with letters that need a hole in the middle (like d and p), we cut neatly up, down or across into that part of the letter shape and then cut around it (as you can see with the letter e below). Once you’re cutting is done, unfold your snowflake. Ta-da! Awesome, huh?!! You can also make different versions of your name by experimenting with upper and lowercase letters, different styles of lettering and varying the spacing of your letters – so one name can have lots of different variations!
Have fun making snowflakes for each member of your family or comparing those made by each child in your class. I would love to hear if you try this ideas, please do leave a comment below or feel free to upload a photo to the Childhood 101 Facebook page.